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CONGRESS

EXCHANGE OF LAND FOR PARK SYSTEM IN THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

FEBRUARY 26, 1930.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. Hall of Indiana, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 6595)

The Committee on the District of Columbia to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6595) to authorize the exchange of 663 square feet of property acquired for the park system for 2,436 square feet of neighboring property, all in the Klingle Ford Valley, for addition to the park system of the National Capital, having considered the same, report it to the House without amendment, with the recommendation that it do pass.

The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have had this proposition under consideration, and are unanimously of the opinion that it should pass.

The area to be acquired is fully as valuable as that to be surrendered, and its location makes it decidedly advantageous to the National Capital park system to be able to secure this transfer.

The owners have consented to this exchange because the small area they are acquiring will assist in the matter of an approach to their building.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

718T CONGRESS

2d Session

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REPORT No. 761

TURKEY THICKET PLAYGROUND, RECREATION, AND

ATHLETIC FIELD-EXCHANGE OF LAND

FEBRUARY 26, 1930.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. Hall of Indiana, from the Committee on the District of Colum

bia, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 6596]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6596) to effect the consolidation of the Turkey Thicket Playground, Recreation, and Athletic Field, having considered the same, report it to the House without amendment with the recommendation that it do pass.

The bill provides for the exchange of 4.2012 acres of land recently acquired by the National Capital Park and Planning Commission for exactly the same amount of land, which is located in a neighborhood more suitable for the purposes of a playground and recreation field. The exchange is made without any additional cost, as the land has been offered at the same price per acre as paid for the land now owned by the commission.

The land to be acquired will adjoin land already owned by the commission and will enable a consolidation of playgrounds to be made in this neighborhood.

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TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF SALINA AND THE TOWN OF REDMOND, STATE OF UTAH, TO SECURE ADEQUATE SUPPLIES OF WATER FOR MUNICIPAL AND DOMESTIC PURPOSES THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUBTERRANEAN WATER ON CERTAIN PUBLIC LANDS WITHIN SAID STATE

FEBRUARY 26, 1930.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and

ordered to be printed

Mr. Colton, from the Committee on the Public Lands, submitted

the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 3203)

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The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 3203) to authorize the city of Salina and the town of Redmond, State of Utah, to secure adequate supplies of water for municipal and domestic purposes through the development of subterranean water on certain public lands within said State, having considered the same, report it to the House favorably and recommend that it do pass with the following amendments:

Page 2, line 4, after the word "are”, insert a comma and the following: “subject to any valid existing rights initiated under the public land laws” and another comma.

Page 2, line 10, after the word "operations”, strike out the period and insert a colon and the following:

Provided, That the operations hereby authorized shall be commenced within five years from the date of this act: Provided further That the lands hereby withdrawn shall be used for the purposes herein indicated and if the said lands shall cease to be so used, said lands shall revert to the status occupied prior to the date of this act.

The information before the committee discloses that the city of Salina and the town of Redmond, State of Utah, are unable to secure adequate supplies of water for domestic purposes from any known source. This legislation, if enacted, would permit them to drill for water on the lands described in the hopes of developing an adequate water supply and protecting them in the use after the water is found.

Communications from the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture are herein set out in full for the information of the House.

HR-71-2-VOL. 2- -36

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 8, 1930. Hon. Don B. COLTON, Chairman Committee on Public Lands,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: There is transmitted herewith, in response to your request of January 7, for an opinion as to the merits of H. R. 3203, a memorandum submitted by the Commissioner of the Ge eral Land Office. After a review of the situation, I am in agreement with Commissioner Moore in his favorable report upon the bill. Very truly yours,

Ray LYMAN WILBUR, Secretary.

GENERAL LAND OFFICE,

Washington, January 15, 1930. Memorandum for the Secretary.

H. R. 3203 proposes to withdraw certain public land decribed therein and permit the city of Salina and the town of Redmond, Utah, to conduct drilling operations to secure water and make other necessary use of the land for the storage and transportation of water derived from such drilling operations.

It is thought that the bill should be amended by inserting a time limit for carrying out the operations mentioned and by making provision for the restoration of the land if it should not be used for the purpose for which it was withdrawn.

The land mentioned in T. 21 S., R. 2 E., is unsurveyed and as there may be existing claims not known to this office to all or part of said land, it is suggested that the withdrawal should be made subject to any valid existing rights initiated under the public land laws.

The land is within the Manti National Forest, having been withdrawn by orders issued in 1903 and 1912. For this reason it is suggested that further report should be secured from the Department of Agriculture.

C. C. Moore, Commissioner.

JANUARY 21, 1930. Hon. Don B. Colton, Chairman Committee on the Public Lands,

House of Representatives. DEAR MR. Colton: Reference is made to your letter of January 13, inclosing copy of H. R. 3203, a bill to authorize the city of Salina and the town of Redmond, State of Utah, to secure adequate supplies of water for municipal and domestic purposes through the development of subterranean water on certain public lands within said State, and asking for a report thereon.

The proposed legislation would withdraw from all forms of entry and appropriation under the land laws of the United States certain described lands aggregating 1,240 acres lying within the boundaries of the Fishlake National Forest, State of Utah, which lands may be used by the towns of Salina and Redmond in developing a supply of water for domestic and municipal uses. It is understood that an adequate supply of surface water can not be obtained for the needs of these towns and that they, therefore, contemplate the driving of wells from which an artificial flow is hoped to be obtained. The towns are interested in protecting any water supply which they may secure in the manner proposed. The use of the national forest lands in question for this purpose is recognized as one of the highest uses to which they can be put. The obtaining of water for the needs of these two municipalities is a matter of highest importance to the communities. This department knows of no reason why any objection should be made to the proposed use of these national forest lands, and, therefore, recommends that favorable consideration be given to H. R. 3203.

The enactment of the legislation would not impose any financial burden on the department. Sincerely yours,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

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